Crime & Courts

Salisbury woman’s remains identified in Rowan County

Amanda Kay Smith
Amanda Kay Smith Rowan County Sheriff’s Office

A woman whose partially burned body was discovered Friday in Rowan County has been identified.

The victim is Amanda Kay Smith, 33, of Salisbury. Investigators found her body at dawn on the side of Leonard Road, in northern Rowan County.

Two people have been charged with murder in connection with Smith’s death, according to a report from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

She was last seen in the company of Stephanie Dawn Hall, 30, and Timothy Clarence Smith Jr., 30, who is not related.

The two had been identified as suspects and were found early Monday in Horry County, S.C., near Myrtle Beach.

Both will be returned to Rowan County to face charges. Warrants have been issued for first-degree murder, robbery and second-degree arson.

The arson charge stems from a fire at Smith’s home on Honeysuckle Lane. The house was destroyed, and investigators say the fire was deliberately set, according to the report.

Hall was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of larceny in Rowan County in 2009. Timothy Smith Jr. was convicted of first-degree burglary in 2004 in Rowan County and assault on a female in 2014 in Davidson County.

The victim, Amanda Smith, was convicted on misdemeanor larceny charges in 2006 and 2008 in Iredell County. She was convicted on a misdemeanor worthless check charge in Rowan in 2009.

Anyone with further information on this case is asked to contact Lt. Chad Moose at 704-216-8687 or Sgt. Carl Dangerfield at 704-216-8683.